EUTIP ESRs participated in the Annual Conference “Transitions, Transactions, Translations: Europe on the threshold”

9th-10th May 2018, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Beginning of May 2018, two of our ESRs, Aakriti Bhardwaj and Alice Manzini participated to the 12th Annual Conference “Transitions, Transactions, Translations: Europe on the threshold” organised by the Graduate Centre for Europe in collaboration with the University of BirminghamThe interdisciplinary conference invited papers from disciplines such as Political Sciences, Economics, European Studies and Environmental Sciences.

Paper presented: The protection of labour rights in the EU and US public procurement law: which level of harmonisation under the TTIP?

Alice Manzini presented in the panel on “Trade and External Relations” with her EUTIP colleague Aakriti Bhardwaj (University of Nottingham School of Law). Her presentation aimed at analysing labour rights promotion under the European Union (EU) and United States procurement system and their regulatory differences in order to examine the potential level of labours standards protection under the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and other deep and comprehensive free trade agreements negotiated by the EU with third countries.

Paper presented: Transatlantic Trade and Sustainable Development: The Chapters under CETA and TTIP

In her presentation,  Aakriti Bhardwaj focussed on the trade policy of the European Union (EU) and the approach towards sustainable development. It discussed the Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) chapters under the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the draft text of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). After discussing the key provisions, the key linkages between the provisions and the sustainable development goals envisaged under 2030 Agenda were highlighted. The paper was concluded on the argument that perhaps, the EU has not yet identified and accommodated these linkages vis-à-vis current and/or anticipated north-north FTAs (Free Trade Agreements).